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Catalina By: Walter Salles

Catalina By: Walter Salles

WALTER SALLES :: So Catalina, I just heard that you will be back in Colombia to shoot Love in the Time of Cholera with Javier Bardem. How exciting is it that cinema is bringing you back to your country?

CATALINA SANDINO MORENO :: I never thought I would be going home to Colombia to shoot a film, and especially not to Cartagena!

WS :: How hard is it going to be to stop the family from invading the set every day?

CSM :: They will be on set every day, I know for sure. Already, my mother and grandmother are packing everything to go there. They want to see me act, and they love Javier.

Interview Magazine October 2006 features Catalina Sandino Moreno -– so how does an actress from Colombia whose name means “pure” make her mark in a business that’s anything but? By being a breath of fresh air. Full article after the jump!

Catalina By: Walter Salles

The strikingly natural 25-year-old from Bogota, Colombia, stunned critics with her gritty film debut as a tragic drug courier in 2004′s acclaimed Maria Full of Grace-a role for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Since then, she’s been cast in key roles in some of Hollywood’s most anticipated films: the Ethan Hawke-helmed cinematic version of his 1996 best-selling novel, The Hottest State; Richard Linklater’s controversial spin on Fast Food Nation (which also stars Hawke); and Mike Newell’s upcoming adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera (1985). Recently, director Walter Salles spoke with the actress.

WALTER SALLES :: So Catalina, I just heard that you will be back in Colombia to shoot Love in the Time of Cholera with Javier Bardem. How exciting is it that cinema is bringing you back to your country?

CATALINA SANDINO MORENO :: I never thought I would be going home to Colombia to shoot a film, and especially not to Cartagena!

WS :: How hard is it going to be to stop the family from invading the set every day?

CSM :: They will be on set every day, I know for sure. Already, my mother and grandmother are packing everything to go there. They want to see me act, and they love Javier.

WS :: Many years ago I was in Colombia, which is where Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born. I saw people there walking with hundreds of yellow. . . borboletas?

CSM :: Butterflies, yeah.

WS :: You know, circling around them in the streets. I wonder if you have the impression that at our end of the world the extraordinary is sometimes quite ordinary.

CSM :: Of course. You see so many things in our country that you get used to. Just take Maria Full of Grace. It was a film that shows an everyday thing that happens in Colombia, but when you show it to the world, it seems very scary.

WS :: Can cinema really alert us to the world surrounding it?

CSM :: Oh, definitely. I think with that film I learned a lot. I think I am more responsible as a person and as an actress. I don’t just take roles for fun or for money; I take roles because I want to be proud of my work, and I want to say something. Like with Fast Food Nation-films that are politically and socially driven. Cinema is where everybody goes to have fun, and these movies are fun, but you can learn from them while you’re having fun.

WS :: Fast Food Nation will be released soon in the U.S. Talk a little about the character that you play, Sylvia.

CSM :: Sylvia is a Mexican immigrant who comes to America and finds herself working in a slaughterhouse. You can see how cruel and how dangerous and disgusting that work is, but people really do it. The people that do this work can’t even talk while they’re working because they’re so concentrated on not slashing a hand or cutting off a body part. In the book by Eric Schlosser, he says that the manager gives people drugs like speed to make them faster and to make them more aware. It’s just scary that a person can live in America and not know anything about it. When we go to a fast-food restaurant, we just ask for a burger and eat it-we don’t know where that food is coming from.

WS :: I imagine that we shouldn’t expect a fictional version of Super Size Me (2004) with this film.

CSM :: Not at all. It’s much more socially and politically charged.

WS :: After co-starring with Ethan Hawke in Fast Food Nation, you collaborated with him again, this time in The Hottest State, which he directed. Can you tell me a little bit about your character, Sara?

CSM :: Sara is just a girl that wants to be a singer, and she comes to New York to find her dream. And she finds herself alone in this big city, which treats her very hard at the beginning, but then she meets this guy who wants to be an actor. They’re just two kids that the city puts together to fall in love. It’s a very nice movie.

WS :: You’ve made seven films in two years, in different latitudes, working with different directors-what next?

CSM :: I don’t know. After Maria I didn’t work for two years. I thought, I’m never going to work
again, I should go back to Colombia. And then suddenly there were projects that I just couldn’t say no to. So I see a bright future, hopefully.

WS :: When you were studying in Colombia, what actors did you admire?

CSM :: I’ve always liked Javier, Frances McDormand, Gael Garcia Bernal. I think they’re intelligent, and they can pick the right projects.

WS :: You just mentioned three actors who are not only excellent at their craft, but who choose wisely-and the key word for that is integrity, something you have.

CSM :: Hopefully, I’ll keep up the good work!

Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles is currently developing a film adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel On the Road.

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    fine. i’ll be the one and only to say this oscar nom. is HOT. that’s all. oh, and talented too. a rarity in hollywood/entertainment.